Archive for July 2007

Prepay Electricity Rule Adopted

The commissioners approved the adoption of new rule substantive 25.498 which will provide new guidelines for the provision of prepay electricity that utilizes customer prepayment devices or systems.  The prepay rule modifies the application of many existing customer protections (like notification before disconnects, ill&disabled; protections, and billing requirements).  Unfortunately deployment of prepay products may ultimately be dictated by the deployment of TDSP advanced meters and technological improvements in existing meters that could be installed on the load-side of the TDSP meter.

Prepaid Rule Up for Adoption Tomorrow

The long awaited prepaid rule is up for adoption at tomorrow’s open meeting (July 31).  The new rule, 25.498, will allow for the provision of prepaid services using customer premise devices or systems that communicate with advanced meters.


Jul 24, 2007 Knight Ridder Tribune Business News
The Public Utility Commission has ordered TXU Energy to pay a $5 million penalty for automatically renewing retail electric service contracts. In a news release Monday, the commission said the penalty is part of a settlement to resolve the case. The commission said it found 4,000 instances when the retail arm of TXU Corp. automatically renewed small commercial contracts for 12 months if …

Jul 23, 2007 PR Newswire
Summer Temperatures, Exclusive Offers Give Customers More Incentive to Switch Providers DALLAS, July 23 /PRNewswire/ — Dallas-based, a leading energy marketing firm, makes it simple and worthwhile for Texas residents to shop online for lower electric rates. By shopping for competing rates on, customers will find exclusive …

Staff Objects to TLSC Emergency Rule Petition

In Docket 34400, PETITION OF THE OFFICE OF THE PUBLIC UTILITY COUNSEL OF TEXAS TO ADOPT EMERGENCY AND PERMANENT CUSTOMER PROTECTION RULES, the PUCT staff filed a recommendation in advance of this Friday’s Open Meeting, rejecting the consumer groups call for an emergency rule to institute a summer disconnect moratorium. Instead the PUCT staff has suggested that this issued be revisited during a more comprehensive project on the customer protection rules. No timeline for such a project has been discussed or released.

News Clips

Jul 6, 2007 PR Newswire

TXU Energy is partnering with Neighborhood Centers Inc. to educate the Houston community on ways to ‘Beat the Heat’ during the hot summer months. TXU Energy community relations managers are hosting ‘Beat the Heat’ workshops at 13 Neighborhood Centers Inc. Senior Centers to promote heat safety awareness and educate consumers on simple and low-cost ways to conserve energy inside their homes. …